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Afghan patrols

Afghan patrols


[♪drum beat♪] Welcome back. In Afghanistan, combined U.S. and Afghan Army patrols help build trust among the local villagers. Sergeant Richard Fink reports. Foot patrols with combined U.S. and Afghan forces provide more than just extra security. They’re also helping to build trust. With these missions, I think the biggest thing that it does is it builds confidence, first of all in the local populus because they can see that their government is doing something; also just in the Afghan forces themselves it builds their confidence in their mission capabilities and their abilities to go out and do this sort of thing. This patrol was searching for weapons caches in the village of Yakubi. More importantly, though, the patrol allowed the Afghan people to see their government taking action. [speaking Pashtu] In certain areas we’ve seen this before. There are definitely a couple of villages that have been receptive. They would talk with them, and I hope that we can push that feeling out so we can expand our influence and then that way, villages that are farther away can also have that comfort and the trust in the Afghan forces. Reporting from Sabari, Afghanistan, I’m Army Sergeant Richard Fink.


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